LOTS OF GUNS - Authorities say a West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine and illegally possessing a stockpile of firearms.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced Tuesday that 24-year-old Deshaun Thaxton faces up to life in prison after admitting to the gun and drug charges.

Stuart says officers found 360 grams of methamphetamine in Thaxton’s home in Dunbar. Officials also found a loaded AK-47 and two loaded AR-15s in the house. Thaxton told authorities that he owned the weapons to protect himself and his drugs.

He was prohibited from possessing the guns because of a prior felony conviction.

Thaxton is due to be sentenced in January.

BANK ROBBERY - Bridgeport Police have arrested a man who is accused of robbing the Huntington Bank in Bridgeport Tuesday afternoon, reported as an armed robbery.

During a press conference hosted by the Bridgeport Police Department, police stated that Christopher Figueroa, 35, was taken into custody at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday without incident at a motel on Locust Avenue in Fairmont.

Figueroa is being charged with robbery of a banking institution, along with several outstanding state warrants from various jurisdictions, according to police. Figueroa’s initial appearance was before Marion County Magistrate WIlliam Homes who set bond at $300,000, police said.

Police said details of the incident were initially kept confidential for investigative purposes. However, officers said that if there had been a threat to the public, details and important information would have been released to the general public.

Officers also disclosed that in addition to Brideport Police, officers from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, FBI, ATF, Fairmont Police, Three Rivers Task Force and White Hall Police Department assisted in the investigation.

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER - A man who deputies said fatally shot his wife in Putnam County and then turned the gun on himself has been released from the hospital and was arrested on a first-degree murder charge.

Newton Blevins was en route Monday afternoon to Winfield for his arraignment after being discharged from the hospital, Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said.

On Aug. 4, deputies found Kim Blevins dead at a home. Deputies said Newton Blevins had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen.

About 6:40 a.m. that day, a man called 911 from a home on Sulug Road and said he thought his father had shot his mother, deputies said.

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